Yes. And not only: to often end up in the jaws of different species of reptiles are also berries, legumes, nuts and all kinds of fruit. It is the result of a research by the American Wildlife Conservation Society: the authors of the study examined a large number of specimens of thirteen different species of crocodiles and alligators, discovering an unexpected passion for animals for vegetarian cuisine.
Just a case?
Part of this fruit and vegetable eaten by animals, the researchers admit, may have been accidentally ingested in the hunt, but the large amount of plant remains found in the faeces exclude that the case is the only explanation. We still do not know how crocodiles and alligators can assimilate nutrients, but the discovery reveals something about the ecological role of these reptiles: they could participate in the dispersion of the seeds, and therefore be useful in thickening the vegetation.
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